8.14.2012

A New Little Friend



In my last post I mentioned that I had a big surprise and a special new someone to introduce.
The time has now come!


I would like you to meet Annie.




Annie is the main character of a new children's book that I am working on with my daughter and super talented illustrator, Neesha Hudson! The story is titled Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf and is about a little girl who faces the challenges of learning to knit.

What a super exciting project this has been thus far! It has been so much fun to work on this with my daughter. As you might remember, she is six years old and is learning to knit herself.. and it is pretty obvious that the character of Annie is modeled after her. :) You may even recognize Annie's sweater too. :)

I hope that all of you will visit Annie's brand new website found HERE and enter to win a free book!
I am hoping to open up pre-orders sometime in September if everything goes as planned.

I have lots of special surprises in store.. I know that it will be a fun-filled next few months for us as we get everything together and finalized. This is obviously our first time working on a project of this nature and we are really enjoying watching this take shape.

I can't wait to release this book!


46 comments:

Monica said...

Adorable illustration! I can't wait till this is released - my daughter and I will definitely read it together.

Boom said...

Really cute!! Love the idea. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

Snickerdoodle Smith said...

So cool! I want one! I would love to give my daughter that book plus her very own Playful Stripes Cardi for Christmas!

Christina Lowry said...

Awww, sounds wonderful. What an exciting journey. You were right on your last post, I never would have guessed. All the best of luck! :)

Cricket said...

I have no little ones but I would love to get one for the future little one.

Julie said...

What an adorable character!! this is such a wonderful idea, I bet when my little girl is older and learning to knit this book is going to be perfection. I'm super excited to hear more about the project as it unfolds!

grandmastatus said...

!!! Awww this is so cute. My son and I will love reading it. As it is he loves browsing his favorite knitting books on my shelf- Susan B. Anderson, Rebecca Danger, and other toy books are his favorite ;)

by Annie Claire said...

ooo I'm Annie too! This is adorable, can't wait to see more

kjt said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
This would be a good book to read to the knitting group that I am going to start at school.

And one to encourage my daughter to keep knitting. My son, who knits, will love it too.

morewithles said...

You are so talented, Alana!!!

Zenitude said...

And I thought you'd introduce a puppy! This is wonderful news. I really look forward to seeing this book. Bravo!

Monica said...

This is so cute! Can't wait to see more!

thewalshfam said...

I just showed yOur new website to my 5 year old son nd his response was "When can we get it?!". He is learning to knit, too! I wondered if he would think it was a "girl book" - I get a lot of that these days- but he is really excited! Which makes me really excited, too! Congrats, Alana! I can't wait to see what other fun things you have in store!

hawknitr13 said...

what a wonderful project for mommy & daughter!
^)^ linda

Suzanne said...

And to think I thought you got a puppy. :-)

Tana said...

You are amazing! That is fabulous!

Kelly J. R. said...

When I saw the illustration I thought "Aw, cute - a drawing of your daughter..." And then I read that her name is Annie and I thought, wait, that's not her daughter's name! LOL. Very cute project. I can't wait to hear more about it.

Lori said...

What an absolutely lovely idea! I can't wait to buy one for my granddaughter. I fantasize all the time that she will want to learn to knit (she's only 2 now). I'll definitely be buying a copy for us!

Congratulations on this project! :)

Jenn said...

Congratulations! I love her gap toothed smile!

Auntea said...

Oh my gosh I am soooo excited! The illustration is beyond cute and adorable! Can't wait to read it!

eleganteconomy said...

This is so, so exciting! My little daughter Elsie was born just 4 months ago, and I'm already getting excited about teaching her to knit.

Btbroderway said...

Can you have a hope chest for a future little one? I think so! And this is going in it!

Terry said...

This is so cool and such a cute idea! I can't wait to get a copy to read to my two granddaughters.

Kristen said...

How exciting! I can't wait to add it to my daughter's library!

Sabrina said...

How exciting!! I love your little character, Annie! She's adorable and I can't wait for this book to come out. :)

Rose said...

This is adorable! I can't wait to see it in print.

Rachael said...

How wonderful! I love the illustration and I can't wait to read the story.

Alex said...

Awwwwww everything about this is adorable. Best of luck!

YarnOnTheHouse said...

Super exciting!!! Can't wait to see it! :)

tess said...

Omg - I love it! Can't wait to see the book in person!

Katja said...

I love this idea! Best of luck with the rest of the book. I'm sure it's going to be great!

quiltercaroline said...

How wonderful - sounds like a great story idea and to have your daughter involved is just lovely. Good luck with it. C

Tanis said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing project! Can't wait to see the big reveal!

aknitterforever said...

I collect childrens books with knitting themes. This one will be a nice addition.

ashley said...

very cute! I love the idea!

ashley said...

very cute! I love the idea!

Keppy Girl Knits said...

Congratulations on another wonderful project! I love this, such a cute idea, and I love your main character’s name...I called my daughter Annie when she was a little girl. I wish you all the best with the book. Charlene (keppygirl on Ravelry)

Kristen Jancuk said...

can't wait! we have LO on the way in february, i'm sure s/he will NEED this book!

ohsusanna! said...

What a fabulous project for you and your little girl!

ohsusanna! said...

What a fabulous project for you and your little girl!

Kathy said...

Oh how precious! I love the idea. Congratulations on this latest adventure.

Jill said...

Annie is adorable! My 6yo has tried her hand at knitting and has gotten quite frustrated with it as well. This book would be perfect for Christmas or birthday! Can't wait to pick it up! Love Snickerdoodle's idea of making a matching Playful Stripes Cardi to go with it.

Amanda said...

OMG, that is so cool, Alana! I love the drawing and hope to order this book for my little niece. :)

Unknown said...

Dear Alana, I been looking at your designs lately specially the Sand and Sea Shawlette. And now you come with this lovely idea. Congratulations. Please try our lovely Alpaca yarn www.alpaca-select.co.uk It will be a pleasure to send you some yarn.
Best Wishes
Isabel Langdon

kniterly said...

I'm a children's librarian who knits. You have no idea how excited this makes me :D

Charlotte Kaae said...

Briliant idea